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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA2069 2006-05-15 09:22 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Manila
VZCZCXRO4297
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #2069 1350922
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 150922Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1020
INFO RUEHZS/ASEAN COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS MANILA 002069

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC EINV CACS EAGR AGMT ABLD SENV RP
SUBJECT: TYPHOON CHANCHU HITS THE PHILIPPINES

Ref: A) Manila 2025 B) Manila 2050

¶1. On May 12, tropical storm Chanchu made landfall in the
Philippines in Northern Samar southeast of Manila and as of
May 15 has gone out to sea west of Luzon. On May 14,
Chanchu intensified into a typhoon while crossing east-to-
west across the central Philippines leaving in its wake 37
dead, 15 injured, and 10 missing, in addition to flooding
and property damage. Most fatalities are linked to a motor
ferry that sank in stormy seas near Masbate Island, amid
allegations of negligence by the skipper. Typhoon Chanchu
affected 10,962 families in 7 cities in the central
Philippine regions of Northern Samar and Southern Luzon.
Batangas declared a “state of calamity,” which will allow
local authorities to draw on government disaster assistance
funds. Persistent brown outs due to downed power lines have
limited communications to other affected provinces, which
are expected to make similar declarations of calamity.

¶2. The National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC)
indicated that no international aid is needed at this time.
Post has also been in contact with the RP National Red
Cross, which confirmed that national and local authorities
and local relief groups have the capacity to respond to the
storm. The USG last provided typhoon-related assistance to
the Philippines in December 2004, after three strong and
consecutive typhoons caused major damage. On average, the
RP is struck by 19 typhoons per year. Typhoon Chanchu
struck unusually early, as typhoon season normally begins in
June.

¶3. The Embassy’s Emergency Action Committee met on May 11
and 12 to prepare for the storm based on early projections
that it would cross Manila (reftels). However, Chanchu
ultimately followed a west-southwest course and passed to
the south of the city. Metro Manila residents experienced
heavy rain and localized power outages. Embassy operations
were not affected by the storm and no damage was incurred on
Embassy property.

KENNEY

   

 

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